Dan Christian, one of the most decorated T20 cricketers in history, has announced his resignation after completing his ongoing BBL with the Sydney Sixers.
Christian, 39, has now played 405 of his T20s, scoring a total of 5809 runs and taking 280 wickets. He’ll play at least four more games of his, if picks allow, and the Sixers guarantee his two chances of making it to the BBL Finals after regularly finishing in the top two of his season.
Christian tweeted Saturday morning, saying, “I told my Sydney Sixers teammates at practice yesterday that I will be retiring from the game at the end of the BBL season.” .
“Hopefully we can go all the way again this season, but regardless, it’s been a great run. I’ve achieved things and made some memories that I could only have dreamt of as a kid.”
Christian has enjoyed success all around the world over the last decade as his career became increasingly focused on T20. Since 2010, he has won nine domestic T20 titles, most recently the 2020-21 BBL with Sixers, two years after he helped Melbourne Renegades to the prize.
Those two BBL campaigns showed the impact Christian can have:
in 2018-19 for Renegades he made 254 runs and claimed 15 wickets (including being player of the match in the low-scoring final) then in 2020-21 hit 272 runs with a strike-rate of 182.55 and claimed 15 wickets.
His last first-class match came in 2018 although there was a surprise return to Australia’s ODI side in 2021 when he played against West Indies in the Caribbean with the side missing several first-choice players due to Covid restrictions. At the same time, he returned to T20I cricket after a four-year hiatus, where he faced the West Indies and Bangladesh before being named as a reserve for Australia’s 2021 T20 World Cup campaign.
“What I never thought I would learn as a kid is the number of people who have impacted my career and become lifelong friends,” he added. I look forward to having time to catch up.
“Excuse me, I have a cricket.”
Christian is your chance to start coaching. He acted as his advisor coaching the Netherlands at his final T20 World Cup held in Australia.